Georgia

GIZ has been active in Georgia since 1992, and currently employs around 120 experts in the country. The GIZ office is based in the capital of Tbilisi.

The Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBiS) programme will run from 2015 to 2019. GIZ has previously been helping Georgia protect its biodiversity with the Sustainable Management of Biodiversity Programme from 2008 to 2015. Our work is therefore based on a total of ten years of professional experience in Georgia’s biodiversity.

In Georgia, the IBiS pilot measures are located in the region of Kakheti, on approximately 15 per cent of the land area.

sample activities

PILOT PROGRAMMES IN AKHMETA MUNICIPALITY

Akhmeta Municipality is a mountainous region in north-eastern Georgia. It includes the mountain valleys of Tusheti, which feature a unique natural and cultural environment. We are working together with the local population in 75 villages, who depend on the land they live on. We are helping to establish proper spatial planning and land-use planning for the first time in Georgia. This includes forest management, pasture management, and bioengineering measures to manage gullies that have formed through erosion, threatening entire villages.

Results:

  • Assisting the local population to preserve their centuries-old cultural landscape
  • Helping to manage the diverse landscapes, habitats, animal and plant species

 

SUSTAINABLE BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

Dedoplistskaro is a municipality in the region of Kakheti in eastern Georgia. We are introducing farming methods that nurture biodiversity. They are also adapted to handle the impacts of climate change.

Results:

  • Agricultural yields have increased by 80%

 

 

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

IBiS is helping to improve the public’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards environmental issues. Among other efforts, we are advising on the development and implementation of national education standards for sustainable development.

Results:

  • 250 eco clubs in secondary schools are teaching children about sustainable biodiversity management

 

IMPROVING FRAMEWORKS AND SUPPORTING CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

IBiS is helping Georgia implement the EU Association Agreement by drafting several framework laws – on biodiversity, biosafety and game hunting. We are also supporting the establishment of a programme similar to Natura 2000 in the EU: the Emerald Network of sensitive regions.

 

FOREST SECTOR REFORM

IBiS supports the Georgian Government in its Forest Sector Reform. That includes policy advice for a new forest code, the implementation of the first National Forest Inventory in Georgia, improvements of the forest management planning and the set-up of a forest information and monitoring system.

Results:

  • Robust data on the Georgian forests serves as basis for future forest monitoring. Decision makers can rely on it for managing the forests with an ecosystem-based approach.

 

 


 

PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS

  • Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture
  • Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • National Forestry Agency
  • Ilia State University
  • Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus
  • Center for Biodiversity Conservation & Research
  • Caucasus Environmental NGO Network
  • Georgian Institute of Public Affairs
  • International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University
  • The municipalities of Dedoplistskaro and Akhmeta in the Kakheti region
  • Tbilisi City Hall